In the protective packaging industry there are industry standards on defining fragility. At Simpak, we follow those industry standards very closely, and use them to design our Simpads to deal with a variety of products in a variety of situations and fragility levels.

As defined by these guidelines, the fragility levels fall into six different categories, based upon the application or product you are shipping. Lower levels for more fragile products, and higher levels can be utilized for more rugged products.

Extremely Fragile

Products that are extremely fragile need protective packaging with extremely low g-levels. Products such as a missile guidance system, gyroscope, or precision aligned test instruments require fragility levels of 15-25 G’s. Again, the lower the G-level, the more absorption if a product is dropped.

Very Delicate

Simpad has been tested to meet the lower fragility levels, and provides great protection for products such as x-ray equipment or flight instruments. The safe range for these products is 25-40 G’s. Anything higher may not be safe enough to protect from drops.


This is where most consumer products fall, and Simpad protective packaging is a great fit for them. Fragility levels from 40-60 G’s are needed to safely ship display terminals, printers, test instruments, or hard drives.

Moderately Delicate

Protective packaging for this level will be ideal for television receivers, or things like aircraft accessories. These products will need to have G-levels of 60-85 G’s.

Moderate Rugged

Items of this size do not require such a slow absorption process. Therefore protective packaging with G-levels from 85-115 G’s can provide the necessary protection. Many househould appliances will fall in to this category.


This is your heavy duty equipment. Equipment that is designed to take some falls and drops without being destroyed. Fragility levels above 115 are fine. Mechanical equipment or machinery is something that can withstand a drop with protective packaging that has high levels.

These categories provide a guide for Simpad’s protective packaging and the various products that can be shipped with it. No matter the product or fragility level needed, Simpads are up for the challenge.